When I started this Grateful series at the at the beginning of 2012, I had no idea of how it would work or what shape it would take. In that first post, Grateful 52, I wrote: I can’t help but wonder what our world would be like if more people took the time to give thanks – to themselves and to others. Thanks for the little things that make life worth living. Thanks for the people in our lives who keep us sane. And thanks for karma – who will, at the end of the day, make sure that all wrongs are righted. Six years later, I’m still grateful. This regular practice of gratitude enriches my life and marks the closure of my week.

2019 Grateful 1: The end of the 2010s

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Well, it's been quite a decade. From the first iPad in 2010 to…

2019 Grateful 2: Lesson from the Bishop

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The pessimist in me says that it had to happen sometime. My love…

2019 Grateful 3: Szaloncukor

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Hungarians take their sweets seriously. Very seriously. Just…

2019 Grateful 4: Looking for Advent

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Determined to make the most of the short time I have in the village…

2019 Grateful 5: An eye-opener

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I've been writing this weekly grateful series for eight years.…

2019 Grateful 6: Embracing imperfection

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I doubt I'd register on the OCD charts. I'm not obsessively compulsive…

2019 Grateful 7: Murder in Clane

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I'm not a huge fan of travel books, the endless lists of the…

2019 Grateful 8: How many candles?

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A recent dinner conversation wandered into a discussion of Menorahs.…

2019 Grateful 9: Yellow Roses

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Tonight in Budapest, 4 November 2019, protestors marched from…